Autumn is beautiful. There are just so many reasons to love this season. The crisp weather, the earthy smell, gorgeous scenery, and tranquility. It's therapeutic watching the vibrantly colored leaves flutter from the trees at a leisurely pace. The way they crunch when you walk over them. I bet you can't wait to get wrapped up warm and go out for a walk with your pet.
But before you jump into the first pile of leaves, make sure your pet is safe and healthy. Here are some fall safety tips to keep in mind when you and your canine companion head outside for a walk:
With the wet weather, you are more likely to encounter toxic mushrooms in your daily walks. They pop up anywhere — on the forest floors, around your backyard, and at your neighborhood park. While some won't cause harm to your pet, a few are deadly. The ingestion of wild mushrooms can be highly toxic and potentially life-threatening to pets. The toxins cause acute kidney and liver failure and, in severe cases, coma and death.
Keep your pet from ingesting toxins by watching them closely during independent plays and on off-leash walks. Take them to the vet immediately if you suspect they have eaten wild mushrooms.
Depending on where you live, temperatures can drop drastically once the fall season hits. You might be tempted to think your pup's fur is enough to keep them warm and safe. But if you can feel the chill, animals do, too. Don't let them out for an extended period in the evening and in the morning when it's chilly outside. And if they love playing in the yard, put a blanket on the porch to keep them warm. While most dog breeds can withstand the chilly weather, others like Salukis and Chihuahuas are sensitive to cold. Let that winter coat grow back to give them natural insulation.
Fall marks the beginning of Halloween and early thanksgiving celebrations. It's a fun time for a family get-together, and your pet might enjoy a little bit too much chocolate and candy than they should. Treats containing xylitol can make your dog or cat sick.
Don't place treat bowls on the floor or where your pet can easily reach and don't make them try anything new. Check with your veterinarian to know how much candy your pet can have and what it shouldn't eat.
It's hibernation season. Raccoons, skunks, and snakes are more common than at any other time of the year. They are looking for spaces to take a snooze. If your pet comes across these bush crawlers, they are at risk of injury and disease infection. Keep a close eye on your pet while taking a stroll in the woods.
Country Veterinary Clinic, Inc. seeks to promote responsible pet ownership. Our professional and courteous staff are well-trained to handle all your pet's concerns, right from medical care to dental and surgical care. You are free to book an appointment by calling 530-491-4500 or visit us at our offices in Live Oak, California.